CIA admits role in 1953 Iran coup as files reveal U.K. lobbied U.S. to conceal ‘very embarrassing’ details
British diplomats tried to convince the United States to suppress “very
embarrassing” details of MI6’s role in the 1953 coup in Iran, documents
Previously classified Foreign Office documents from 35 years ago show elaborate efforts by the British embassy in Washington to keep secret Britain’s part in the overthrow of Iran’s democratically-elected Mosaddegh government.
The covert action in 1953 by MI6 and the CIA toppled Mohammad Mosaddegh, Iran’s prime minister, in retaliation for his decision to nationalize British oil assets. Mr. Mossaddegh was replaced by the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlav, an autocratic ruler.
The documents also formally acknowledge the CIA’s role in the coup for the first time.
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and President Barack Obama had previously mentioned America’s role in the coup in 2000 and 2009 respectively. But until now, both the CIA and MI6 have denied any official role.
The U.S. academic behind the documents disclosures told London’s Daily Telegraph that six decades after the coup, Britain is still working behind the scenes to hide details of the secret mission known as “Operation Boot”.
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